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Former Pak lawmaker seeks asylum in India

DNMUM442743 | 9/11/2019 | Author : Manish Shukla | WC :514 | India



India is likely to grant asylum to a former Sikh lawmaker from Pakistan, Baldev Kumar, who fled the country and reached India, citing atrocities against minorities. According to government sources, the Centre is considering the matter as he has been seeking political asylum from New Delhi.
Kumar, a member of Prime Minister Imran Khan's party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was framed in a murder case but later acquitted.
A former member of the Provincial Assembly from Barikot (Reserved) seat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, the 43-year-old says he was falsely charged with the murder of Soran Singh, the then special adviser to the chief minister. He was finally acquitted in 2018 due to lack of evidence.
Kumar has alre
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Opinion
Pak persecutes minorities
I have been observing this persecution since long. In Pak, minorities - Hindus, Sikhs or Christians - are persecuted. They have no option but to convert to Islam or migrate. Hindus and Sikhs prefer to come to India as they have roots here. Christians prefer to go to Western countries. The military and ISI decide what happens. Naya Pakistan may be Imran Khan’s dream but it will not happen till proxy power centres are shown their place. India should accept these minorities with open arms.
--Hindusingh Sodha, prez, Seemant Lok Sangathan



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